frequently asked questions + aftercare + policies
What is cosmetic tattooing?
Micro-pigmentation and semi-permanent makeup both refer to the tattooing of makeup. Cosmetic tattooing is the process of micro-pigmentation, which is done by implanting pigment beneath the surface of the skin. I use tiny, sterile, disposable needles to create the appearance of hair strokes, natural makeup, or an enhancement of the client’s existing features. I CANNOT guarantee results for anyone.
How old do I have to be to get tattooed?
You must be 18 years or older to receive a cosmetic tattoo. Can I get a cosmetic tattoo if I am pregnant, or breastfeeding? As a safety precaution, I do not tattoo pregnant or nursing mothers.
Does it hurt?
I use a combination of two very effective numbing creams. Even with that in mind, each person has a different level of pain tolerance. While there may still be a level of discomfort, it is typically minimal. What are the pigments made out of? The pigments used in cosmetic tattooing come in a variety of colors that are formulated with iron oxide, which is an ingredient that is safe for the skin. I do not use pigments made from organic ingredients, such as vegetables, they have a high risk of carrying bacteria and causing allergic reactions.
What can I expect during my appointment?
During your initial consultation, I will discuss the treatment in its entirety. We will agree on the most complimentary shape, color, thickness, and density that you wish to have. We will then continue with the procedure. Optimal results are always our goal. However, there is no guarantee of any specific outcome – this will vary by person. New appointments take around 2 hours and touch up appointments last about 1 1/2 hours.
What should I do before my eyebrow tattoo appointment?
If you usually use makeup on your brows, please come in with your eyebrows filled in as you normally would do, I can use that as a reference for color and shape. If you regularly wax, shape, thread, or tint your eyebrows, please do so at least 3 days before your procedure in order to reduce the likelihood of sensitive or irritated skin during your appointment. What should I not do before my eyebrow tattoo appointment? Please do not take any blood thinning medications (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Niacin, fish oil, etc) within 24-48 hours of your appointment. Excessive bleeding can cause the pigment not to take. Alcoholic beverages should not be consumed the night before, or the day of your appointment. Please also avoid sun and tanning bed exposure 30 days before, and 30 days after your procedure.
What factors can affect my cosmetic tattoo?
Sun exposure can cause the pigment to fade quicker, so sun block is recommended in prolonging your enhancement. The regeneration of skin cells will also affect how long the pigment holds. The longer the regeneration takes, the longer the pigment will hold. The slower your skin absorbs the pigment, the longer the pigment will hold. Your choice of color will also have an affect. For example, blonde color will fade quicker than a dark brown color. Any bleeding during the procedure will also reduce the amount of pigment absorption.
How will I look immediately after my procedure?
Once the procedure is completed, your semi-permanent makeup may appear much darker and more intense than it will once it has healed. Redness and swelling during the procedure are very rare occurrences and will require no down time after the procedure is complete. Cosmetic tattoos take anywhere from 7-10 days to heal. No makeup, facial soaps or lotions on the tattooed areas for those 7-10 days in order to keep the area from getting infected, irritated, or cause the pigment to fade any more than it already will. The pigment tends to fade anywhere from 30% to 40% for eyebrows, they will also soften and fade as they heal.
How long does cosmetic tattooing last?
Cosmetic tattoo treatments are considered semi-permanent, and will not wash off. However, the natural exfoliation of our skin will cause it to fade over time. Touch ups are standard for cosmetic tattoos. Necessary touch ups thereafter will vary from person to person. Wearing sunscreen over your brows will also help them from fading.
How will my tattoo look in the future?
During your appointment, I will closely look at your skin’s undertone to anticipate how the pigment color will look in the future. The majority of my clients’ cosmetic tattoos stay true to color. There are some cases in which colors may fade to different tones due to an individual’s response to certain pigments. At your touch up appointment, I will re-analyze how your body has responded to the initial color, and arrange a special formula alteration to correct the color in effort to prevent further color change in the future.
Lastly about Microblading…
I CANNOT guarantee results for anyone. Microblading is not intended to replace makeup but to enhance ones natural brow and beauty.
How do I care for my brows?
Day 1-10: Gently rinse your brows with warm water & mild soap. Use finger tips only. No scrubbing. Allow skin to completely dry & then reapply A&D ointment mentioned in your aftercare sheet.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOR 10 DAYS OR UNTIL HEALED:
NO SWIMMING POOLS
NO ITCHING, PICKING, SCRUBBING
Avoid heavy work outs, hot yoga, heavy sweating
Avoid Neosporin, vitamin e, coconut oil, aloe vera or anything that has anti bacterial properties as these things can pull pigment out of skin.
Do not use products containing AHA’s on or near pigmented areas including glycolic, or lactic acids or Retin A products as they will cause the color to fade.
To keep your brows looking their best after they are healed, use a broad spectrum sun block to the pigmented area!
**Please note that in the first 6 weeks the amount of pigment that you notice fades varies from client to client. You may feel like you are losing too much color; please be advised that the skin regenerates the pigment and the healing process can in some cases hide the strokes completely. You must allow the full healing time of weeks to see the true color.
The microbladed area will appear around 40% darker and bolder during the initial healing process. In the first week you will begin to see the area soften and the color will start to lighten while healing. The strokes may become itchy and flaky during the first two weeks. You may experience redness and swelling up to 48 hours following. This is normal. Please call me if you have any questions!
Rebel Heart Salon requires a deposit to secure every new microblading appointment. The deposit is $100. These deposits are non-refundable. If the appointment is cancelled by the client at any time, the full deposit will be forfeited.
The total cost of the service is $250. Final payment is made on the day of your appointment. Credit cards and cash are excepted. Your final payment amount will be the total cost of your appointment, less your deposit amount. $150.
Rebel Heart Salon does not guarantee healed results on anyone. The final result will vary from person to person. Powder or pencil may still be required to give you the results you desire. Any additional sessions after the one included touch up will be charged accordingly.
Touch ups are $50. Touch ups are intended to tighten up the shape of your eyebrows, and fill in any places where the pigment may have faded or fallen out since your original appointment. We recommend scheduling your touch up within 6 to 8 weeks from your original appointment, and any time there after.
Rebel Heart only allows for you to reschedule an appointment one time before forfeiting your deposit paid. This is also goes for touch ups.
*By booking an appointment you agree to all policies of Rebel Heart Salon and Brite Idea Tattoo.